If you’re touring Scotland, you’ll be spoiled for choice on where to go. It’s a land known as much for its stunning natural beauty, as it is, for its friendly, down-to-earth locals!
In particular, however, the West Highlands of Scotland are really popular with tourists, thanks to its dramatic scenery, iconic landmarks, and charming villages.
From the West Highland Way Hotel and Campsite, you’re perfectly placed to explore all that the Highlands have to offer. Whether you’re touring, walking or cycling, here are some of the best places to visit in and around the West Highlands:
- Loch Lomond and the Trossachs: this area is where the lowlands of Scotland meet the Scottish Highlands. Although not technically part of the Scottish Highlands, it’s the ideal starting point to begin your adventures from the West Highland Way Hotel and Campsite.
- Glencoe: Glencoe was the site of the Glencoe Massacre in 1692, but it is also a place of stunning natural beauty alongside its gruesome history. Here you’ll find breathtaking views of mountains, and a scenic drive that is known for being one of the best in Scotland.
- Ben Nevis: Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles, and it offers stunning views of the surrounding area. There are several hiking trails to the summit, but do be prepared for a challenging climb!
Eilean Donan Castle
- Eilean Donan Castle: Eilean Donan Castle is a popular tourist destination, and it offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and lochs. If you want to feel its presence in peace, and imagine how it would have been in the 13th century, get there early before other visitors arrive!
- Loch Ness: Loch Ness is one of the most famous lochs in the world, thanks to the legend of the Loch Ness Monster. There have been many reported sightings of Nessie over the years, but no one has ever been able to prove its existence. Whether you believe in Nessie or not, Loch Ness is a beautiful place to visit, and it’s worth taking a boat tour to see if you can spot the monster yourself!
In addition to these popular attractions, there are many other great places to visit in the West Highlands. Here are a few more suggestions:
- Glenfinnan Viaduct: This iconic railway viaduct was featured in the Harry Potter films. It’s a great place to take photos, and you might even see the Jacobite Steam Train passing by.
- Fort William: This town is the gateway to the Highlands, and it’s a great place to base yourself for exploring the area. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, and hotels in Fort William, and it’s also a good place to find outdoor gear and activities.
- Dunrobin Castle: This grand castle is located on the northern coast of Scotland. It’s a beautiful example of Scottish architecture, and it has stunning gardens.
- Invergordon: This town is home to a large distillery, and it’s a great place to learn about Scottish whisky. There are also several museums and art galleries in Invergordon.
The West Highlands is a beautiful and diverse region, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re interested in history, nature, or culture, you’re sure to find something to love in the We
Some tips for planning your trip to the West Highlands
- The best time to visit the West Highlands is during the shoulder seasons (May-June and September-October). The weather is still nice, but there are fewer tourists.
- If you’re planning on hiking, be sure to pack for all types of weather. The weather in the Highlands can change quickly.
- If you’re interested in visiting distilleries (Glengoyne Distillery is just a few minutes’ drive from us!), be sure to book your tours in advance. The distilleries are very popular, and they can get booked up quickly.
- If you can, rent a car or a motorhome; this will give you the freedom to explore Scotland at your own pace.
- Don’t be shy about exploring Scottish cuisine! cullen skink, (fish soup), cranachan (honey, oatmeal, raspberries, whisky and cream) are a must-try whilst you’re here. And if you’re up for our Scottish national dish, haggis, neeps and tatties, you’ll find that in our eatery here at the West Highland Way Hotel and Campsite.
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